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Wendi Bellar

Assistant Professor
Communication Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Media Studies, Mobile Communication, Digital Religion

Brief biography

I earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Communication with an emphasis in Telecommunication and Media Studies. I teach in the Media Studies emphasis area in the Communication Studies department. My research focuses on the intersection of mobile communication, digital culture, and religion. I currently study issues of identity and authority in the context of religious mobile applications. 

Current courses at UWL

FYS 100 First Year Seminar 

CST 377  Multimedia Production

CST 499 Senior Project in Communication Studies


Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Department of Communication

M.A. Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communications 

B.A. West Texas A&M University, Mass Communication Print Media


Teaching history

CST 498 Research Methods in Communication Studies

CST 378 Computer-Mediated Communication 

CST 377 Multimedia Production 

CST 371 Media Industries and Audiences 

CST 271 Contemporary Media in Everyday Life

CST 110 Communicating Effectively 

Research and publishing

Bellar, W. Cho, K.J., and Campbell, H.A. (2018). The intersection of religion and mobile technology. In Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition 2018 (pp. 6161-6170). IGI Global 

Bellar, W. (2016). Private practice: Using digital diaries and interviews to understand Evangelical Christians' choice and use of religious mobile applications. New Media & Society 19(1), 111-125. doi: 14614481664922

Campbell, H.A. & Bellar, W. (2015). Sanctifying the internet:’s use of the internet for digital outreach. In H.A. Campbell’s Digital Judaism: Jewish Negotiations with Digital Media and Culture. p. 74. New York: Taylor & Francis.

Campbell, H.A., Altenhofen, B., Bellar, W. & Cho, K.J. (2014). There’s a religious app for that!: A framework for studying religious mobile applications, Mobile Media & Communication 2(2). 154-172. doi: 10.1177/2050157914520846

Bellar, W., Campbell, H.A., Cho, K.J., Terry, A., Tsuria, R., Yadlin-Segal, A., Ziemer, J. (2013). Reading religion in internet memes. Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, 2(2). 1-39. 



Wendi Bellar, Communication Studies, received the award for Top Paper at Central States Communication Association 2020 Conference on Friday, April 17 in Chicago, IL. The award is for Bellar's paper, "Authority Issues: How Catholic and Islamic Mobile Prayer App Developers Use Religious and Algorithmic Authority," and it was awarded by the Media Studies Interest Group of CSCA.

Submitted on: Jan. 27, 2020